Antioxidant vitamins in reducing the toxicity of environmental tobacco smoke

Ronald R. Watson, Jin Zhang

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Abstract

Environmental tobacco smoking (ETS), passive smoke, or second-hand smoke is a pervasive contaminant in public places. Exposure to ETS results in oxidative stress and damage. Oxidative stress, a disturbance in the prooxidant-antioxidant balance in favor of the former, leads to lipid peroxidation; alteration of antioxidant enzymes in the heart, liver, and lung; as well as potential damage to DNA. The accumulated oxidative damage is believed to play an important role in the etiology of a number of chronic diseases induced by tobacco smoke, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Tobacco Smoke
PublisherCRC Press
Pages45-58
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781420042245
ISBN (Print)9780849303111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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